I wanted to know how the world works

A DAAD scholarship gave Isabela Paredes Cisneros the opportunity to study clinical physics in Heidelberg and Santiago de Chile. Isabela, who comes from Colombia, is now working on her doctoral thesis and has found an effective way of coping with the culture clash.

Before she scares people off with too many scientific terms, Isabela Paredes Cisneros calls in Radio Man. He is a superhero character who can entertainingly explain how radiotherapy works and how cancer research is attempting to optimise it further. As a student, Isabela won a prize with her engaging superhero at a science slam in Heidelberg in 2018. In contrast to a poetry slam, where simple funny stories are told, a science slam is about presenting scientific facts as humorously as possible on a stage. At the end the audience votes on who has been the most successful. At the summer school organised by the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Radio Man – a comic figure who swept through the presentation slides – clearly won the audience over.

26-year-old Isabela is now a doctoral candidate at the DKFZ, a renowned Heidelberg institution, and retains her passion for communicating complex facts in a lively and interesting way. “I like entertaining people,” she says. “The science slam is also a great opportunity to help the public understand science better. There are so many preconceptions when it comes to cancer. For example, many people think that chemotherapy or radiotherapy are generally a bad thing. But that’s not true. That’s why I think it’s important to explain the facts to people, and humour can be useful for this.” Isabela was able to obtain her current position as a researcher at the DKFZ thanks to a DAAD scholarship that enabled her to complete her dual Master’s degree programme in Santiago de Chile and at the University of Heidelberg. This particular cooperative programme is coordinated by the Heidelberg Center Latin America, one of the DAAD’s Centres of Excellence. 


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Experimental Radiobiology: Physics meets Biology and Medicine
Organiza: Heidelberg Center para América Latina de la Universidad de Heidelberg
Centro Alemán de Investigación del Cáncer
Hospital Clínico Universidad de Heidelberg

11 de Junio 2019:

Informamos que el programa de maestría “Clinical Medical Physics” (CMP) se discontinuará una vez finalizado el semestre de verano de 2019. La admisión ya no es posible!

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29 de Septiembre 2018:

Tres ex-alumnos del master „Clinical Medical Physics“ participaron en septiembre de 2018 en el Science Slam, actividad que tuvo lugar en el Centro Alemán de Investigación del Cáncer (DKFZ) en Heidelberg y es parte de la escuela de verano sobre “Nuevos métodos en radioterapia guiada por imágenes” (
Nos complace comunicar que dos graduadas alcanzaron el primer y tercer puesto. Las dos ganadoras del premio también obtuvieron una beca de doctorado en Alemania, continuando así sus carreras científicas en el DKFZ de Heidelberg, en el Departamento de Física Médica en Radioterapia, así como en la Escuela de Oncología Integrativa de Berlín (BSIO) de la Charité Universitätsmedizin de Berlín


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